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IBM 3Q Disappoints as it Sheds 'Empty Calories'

PERSONALTECH | By Michelle Chapman | Tuesday Oct 21, 2014
IBM disappointed investors, reporting weak revenue growth again and a big charge to shed its costly chipmaking division as the tech giant tries to steer its business toward cloud computing and social-mobile services. Shares fell more than 7 percent.

Apple Pay Q&A: What You Need to Know

PERSONALTECH | By Anick Jesdanun | Oct 21
Apple's mobile payment system, Apple Pay, made its debut Monday. Now you can flash your new iPhone in the checkout line to pay for food, clothing and other goods. There's no need to pull out your credit card.

At A Glance: The Cost of Cable vs. a la Carte

PERSONALTECH | Oct 21
Is a la carte streaming a better deal? Combining current streaming services including Netflix, Hulu, CBS All Access and the expected price of HBO's service, which starts next year, would run you about half of the average price of monthly cable.

Not So Fast Cord Cutters, Cable's Not Going Anywhere

PERSONALTECH | By Mae Anderson | Oct 20
Cord cutters rejoiced last week after HBO and CBS announced plans to sell stand-alone streaming services, a move that cable and satellite television providers have resisted for years.

Obama Announces Plan to Tighten Card Security

PERSONALTECH | By Marcy Gordon, Josh Lederman | Oct 20
Saying more must be done to stop data breaches affecting consumers, President Barack Obama announced on Friday a government plan to tighten security for the debit cards that transmit federal benefits like Social Security to millions of Americans.

Website Changes the Way People Organize Free Time

PERSONALTECH | By EDGE | Oct 16
Maticono.com calls itself the first event management and promotion website that's locally focused but on a global scale, promising to revolutionize the way people manage events and recreational activities.

Jay Leno Returning to Series TV with CNBC Car Show

PERSONALTECH | By Frazier Moore | Oct 16
Jay Leno is returning to nightly television. The former "Tonight Show" host's new prime-time venture, tentatively titled, "Jay Leno's Garage," and based on his Emmy Award-winning Web series, will premiere on CNBC in 2015.

Facebook, Apple Pay for Egg Freezing, Sperm Donors

PERSONALTECH | By Barbara Ortutay | Oct 15
Silicon Valley's biggest companies have long offered cushy perks to attract top talent and keep workers happy logging scores of hours on the job.

Music Player Learns Your Tastes Over Time

PERSONALTECH | By Barbara Ortutay | Oct 14
Some things get better with time: wine, jeans and this "smart" music player I've been using on and off for a few months. The idea behind the $399 Aether Cone is it learns your listening habits and it then plays what it thinks you're in the mood for.

Tesla's 'D' Adds All-Wheel Drive, Safety Features

PERSONALTECH | By Justin Pritchard | Oct 14
Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk unveiled a new version of the luxury electric car maker's Model S sedan that includes all-wheel drive and self-driving "auto pilot" features.

3 Refugees Say They've Been Hacked by Bahrain

PERSONALTECH | By Raphael Satter | Oct 13
They thought they'd found refuge in Britain. Then they got hacked. On Monday three Arab pro-democracy activists went public with the allegation that the electronic tentacles of Bahrain's government had followed them all the way to Britain.